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Shot by Shot with the ‘Black Widow’ Trailer

Here is our first look at the MCU post-‘Avengers: Endgame’ (kinda sorta).
Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow
Marvel Studios
By  · Published on December 3rd, 2019

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Classic superhero landing. Deadpool would be happy.

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Yelena is not thrilled at the prospect. Curious. Did she free herself from the Red Room? Is this new Red Room even more wretched than the organization in which they once belonged?

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These new Widows have upgraded armor with flashy red armbands.

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Our first look at Taskmaster, a classic Marvel baddie with photographic fighting skills. The costume is toned down dramatically from the traditional skull-faced design, but the abilities are still in play. Basically, they can mimic any fighting style, and in the comics, they have used this to great effect against nearly every superhero. Here, Taskmaster seems to have dipped into Hawkey’s bow and arrow tricks. We still don’t know who’s under the mask, and while the character is male in the books, there is speculation surrounding the idea of Rachel Weisz donning the costume.

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Interesting as we cut from Taskmaster to our first real look at Weisz. We know she’s playing Melina Vostokoff, a fourth-tier villain from the comics who started as a partner of Black Widow before taking to a life of crime as The Iron Maiden. It’s easy to consider a similar fate befalling her character here, but switching The Iron Maiden for Taskmaster persona. In this shot, Weisz appears de-aged, and the tactical suit she’s wearing is the same one we saw on Natasha as she pulled herself from the metal wreckage. We’re looking at a flashback to a moment when they worked as a team.

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Meet Russia’s answer to the American Super Soldier program. David Harbour is Alexei Shostakov, a.k.a.¬†Red Guardian. Seemingly like all the characters of Black Widow, he is haunted by his past.

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Brad Gullickson is a Weekly Columnist for Film School Rejects and Senior Curator for One Perfect Shot. When not rambling about movies here, he's rambling about comics as the co-host of Comic Book Couples Counseling. Hunt him down on Twitter: @MouthDork. (He/Him)